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A Norwegian Controversy Comes To Town

For all the verbal sparring between Norwegian and its US critics in recent months, an airline industry lunch that hosted Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos in Washington DC yesterday was surprisingly civil. But underneath the polite smiles and applause, it was clear that the chill on both sides has yet to thaw – and it wouldn’t […]

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Eastern’s first 737-800 shows its colours

The first Boeing 737-800 bound for start-up Eastern Air Lines has rolled out of a paint shop in Ireland, adorned in the former US trunk carrier’s iconic livery.   Two photos of the aircraft – seen here and here – which will be registered N276EA but continues to operate under the registration 5Y-KYB of former […]

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An Air Canada E190. (Air Canada)

What used aircraft could United buy?

United Airlines is on the market for used aircraft with a focus on narrowbodies to replace its rapidly shrinking fleet of 50-seat regional jets. The move comes nearly two years after the Chicago-based carrier’s pilots ratified a contract that allows it to add a “new small narrowbody aircraft” to its mainline fleet and more than […]

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Lufthansa joins the premium economy club

Lufthansa has added premium economy to the roster of product offerings on its long-haul widebody fleet at long last, joining many of its competitors in the four-cabin space. The new class features many of the standards found on similar products elsewhere – seats with additional width (up to 23.5in versus up to 20.5in) and legroom […]

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A water canon greeting for BA's first A380 arrival at Dulles airport.

BA superjumbo launches at Washington Dulles

The US capital now sports two flights on the world’s largest passenger aircraft the Airbus A380, with the arrival of a British Airways superjumbo this week. The 469-seat aircraft takes over one of the carrier’s existing flights from a Boeing 747-400 resulting in a roughly 10% increase in seat capacity on the London Heathrow-Washington Dulles […]

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Piecing together American’s first 787

Want to know the status of American Airlines’ first Boeing 787? Look no further than the carrier’s Facebook page or Twitter feed. The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has taken the unique approach of sharing pictures on social media of the 787-8 as it moves along the final assembly line at Boeing’s Paine Field factory in […]

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BWI builds for Southwest’s international ambitions

Baltimore/Washington International airport is not wasting any time landing new international flights. BWI, as the airport is commonly known, is just months away from breaking ground in early 2015 on a $125 million expansion of its international facilities that will be ready by the second quarter of 2016. Announced in July 2013, the project will […]

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Economy seats on United

Knee Defender touches off a reclining debate

It was the clip on a tray table arm that set off a debate over the right to recline a seat on an airplane heard around the world. A passenger on a recent United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver stopped the passenger in front of them from reclining with the Knee Defender – a […]

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United closes product gap with Airbus streaming IFE

United Airlines has finally flipped the switch, activating streaming in-flight entertainment on the majority of its Airbus A320 family fleet. Streaming entertainment is live on 72%, or 110 aircraft, out of the 152 A319s and A320s in the Chicago-based carrier’s fleet, said Jeff Foland, executive vice-president of marketing, technology and strategy at United, on the […]

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Southwest and Virgin America squeeze into Love Field

Dallas Love Field is about to see a boom in flight operations when the Wright Amendment is lifted this October, allowing airlines to fly anywhere in the USA if they can find a gate. Under the deal reached to lift the amendment, the airport is capped at 20 gates or just one more than the 19 […]

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